Pub attack victim Ronald Hayes died of a head injury

Ronald Hayes
Image caption Ronald Hayes died two days after the assault near a Chester pub

A 63-year-old man who died after an assault in Chester suffered a head injury, police have said.

Ronald Hayes, from Morpeth in Northumberland, died two days after the attack, which happened near the Liverpool Arms pub in Northgate Street at 00:50 GMT on Saturday.

Two 26-year-old men from Ellesmere Port have been arrested on suspicion of Mr Hayes's murder and bailed.

He died of blunt force trauma to the head, a post-mortem examination found.

Mr Hayes was attacked after leaving the Liverpool Arms, police said.

Officers believe his assailants were also in the pub during the evening.

Mr Hayes's family said his drive for life "outweighed his years" and he had an "infectious" spirit and energy.

He was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital, where doctors placed him on a ventilator.

It was switched off on Monday afternoon.

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